Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Plate Runneth Over

We had a lovely dinner with the other snowbirds last evening. The group was smaller than the Christmas group, which included quite a few family members and friends. Last night it was just the "birds". I haven't counted, but 25 -30 people? Mostly couple with a few singletons in the group.

The food was divine, as it usually is at any of our potlucks. We had a couple of roasted turkeys and the requisite stuffing and gravy. Joy brought two kinds of cabbage rolls, one of my favorite dishes, and someone brought rutabagas which for my money are one of nature's perfect foods. Sometimes it's the simplest foods, done to perfection, which are the most sublime. Our neighbour Yvonne simply cut up potatoes, dressed them with oil and herbs and roasted them. They were scrumptious. By request I made the southern sweet potato dish I made a Christmas. It was pretty, coming out of the oven with the marshmallows browned over the top. Jim said it was too pretty to eat, but that didn't seem to slow anyone down once we hit the table.

We had a really nice time, lingering after the meal to visit and enjoy each other's company. This is a good group, congenial and cheerful, always ready to laugh at the teasing which goes on between us.

The season is drawing to a close as the grass begins to green on the hills above us. Several couples will be pulling out in the next few days, and more will leave at the end of the month. By the end of April most everyone will have gone home, or at least moved on to their summer spots. Tourist season will have begun in the Okanagan, though as someone in town asked recently, "Why do we call it tourist season if we can't shoot at them?"

Today the sun is shining, and I'm looking forward to going out and trying to capture some of the budding newness of spring. Hopefully I'll have something to share later on.

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